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$2 Trillion Not Enough: Democrat Gov. Cuomo Wants You To Bail Out New York

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New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by the Senate late Wednesday did not meet the needs of the Empire State, calling the bill "irresponsible" and "reckless."

The $5 billion included in the bill for the state hardest hit by the coronavirus is “earmarked only for COVID virus expenses, which means it does absolutely nothing for us in terms of lost revenue for this state,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus press briefing. According to reporting by The Hill’s Zack Budryk, Cuomo said the lost revenue from an essentially shuttered economy is “the bigger problem.”

Editor’s Note: No one in the media challenged or chastised Cuomo for saying New York’s budget shortfall is a bigger problem than the 385 New Yorkers who have died from the Wuhan virus.

Cuomo said that the $5 billion New York would receive from the bill doesn’t come close to covering state’s projected revenue shortfall, which could total $15 billion.

“I’m disappointed, I said I was disappointed. I find it irresponsible, I find it reckless,” Cuomo said. “When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind,” reported CNBC's Noah Higgins-Dunn, William Feuer and Kevin Breuninger.

The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously, and was supported by New York’s Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, helps small businesses and unemployment insurance, “and that is a good thing,” Cuomo said.

But it “did not help local governments or state governments, and it did not address the governmental loss,” he said. “And the federal officials, the ones who are being honest, will admit that,” Cuomo said according to Higgins-Dunn, Feuer and Breuninger.

“This is the time for government leaders to stop making excuses and just do your job. Do your job,” Cuomo said.

“Now is a time to actually step up, do the right thing and do your job. And they haven’t as far as I’m concerned when it comes to the governmental need,” according to the CNBC report.

“Government need” is a new concept to us here at CHQ, because we’ve always thought government should live within the constraints of what taxpayers in a given government’s jurisdiction were willing to spend.

As long as we don’t have to subsidize it, if taxpayers in New York want to spend money on all sorts of liberal nonsense it is difficult for us to tell New Yorkers they can’t spend their money on midnight basketball for felons and finger painting for graffiti “artists” or whatever else they spend their $178 billion budget on.

But closing New York’s state budget gap (which was $6 billion before the coronavirus panic) is not our problem, especially when New York already got millions if not billions for its museums and other interests not immediately related to protecting public health and replacing the income lost by those who are unemployed or under-employed due to government-enforced social distancing lockdowns.

Democrat congressional leaders Schumer and Pelosi are already talking about a fourth federal coronavirus spending package, we suggest state and local governments that are expecting a federal bailout get ready for the fight of their lives if they expect such a bailout to come without extensive budget cutting on their part.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative to demand that not one penny of your federal tax dollars go to bail out New York or any other state or local government.

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